News: UVERworld’s 3D MV

1 04 2010

Sony Music Entertainment is now riding the 3D boom. The company has started producing Japan’s first 3D music video, for a song titled “GOLD” by rock band UVERworld.

“GOLD” is being released as the band’s 15th single on March 31. The music video, which mainly depicts the band performing, was shot over a two-day period in late March. Utilizing cutting-edge 3D techniques, “GOLD” is estimated to cost at least 10 million yen more than a typical video.

As a special promotion for UVERworld’s upcoming album “LAST” (on sale April 14), Sony plans to hold a screening of the music video on April 17, with about 1,000 tickets expected to be given out by lottery to fans who purchase the album. Sony is also considering having the band’s members in attendance at the event.

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Source: Tokyograph

News: 4minute… Meet Japan

29 03 2010

The Japanese audience will get to know more about the girls than through a mini concert in the SHIBUYA-AX and a 「Konnichiwa, 4minute desu」.

While waiting the beginning of their promotions on May 1st, several Japanese magazines will – or have already done so – release interviews and, in some cases, pictorials shot for the occasion. Here goes the current list :

Magazine title – Release date
ODINA – April 5th
Nikkei Entertainment – April 3rd
Pia Hanryu – March 26th
WPK 2010 SPRING – March 25th
TV Guide – March 24th
KEJ (Special Vol. 13) – ? (already released)

Besides, the Japanese branch of Korean cable channel Mnet will air several footage of the girls. Between March 16th and March 30th, a special corner will be dedicated to 4minute via the show Mnet「k-girl project」. The broadcasting date and hour are Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrity of the Day: Inoue Mao

27 01 2010

Plenty of people have seen the extremely popular Japanese drama, Hana Yori Dango. The pretty Inoue Mao (井上 真央), born January 9, 1987, was the main actress of the drama. She has been acting for a long time, starring in small roles ever since the young age of five. But it was in 1999 in the drama, Kids War (キッズ・ウォー ~ざけんなよ~) that audiences began to really take notice of the rising star.

In 2005, Mao dominated the screens with Hana Yori Dango (花より男子) where she starred as Makino Tsukushi (牧野 つくし) alongside the band, Arashi’s, member Matsumoto Jun (松本 潤). The drama was hugely successful (note: see JDrama section for Ratings & Review) and the sequel, Hana Yori Dango Returns (花より男子 ~リターンズ~) aired in 2007 under great anticipation.

Mao enrolled in Meiji University at the age of 19 where she studied theater and literature. Her Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrity of the Day: Nishikido Ryo

23 01 2010

Nishikido Ryo (錦戸亮) is not only an actor, but a composer and a singer in two bands. Born in Osaka, Japan in 1984, he is a well-known Japanese celebrity and stated as a heartthrob. Ryo first debuted in 2004 as a member of both NEWS and Kanjani8. Both bands are from Johnny’s Entertainment. Ryo is signed to Imperial Records.

NEWS is a 6-membered band consisting of Ryo, Yamashita Tomohisa (山下 智久), Koyama Keiichiro (小山 慶一郎), Masuda Takahisa (増田 貴久), Kato Shigeaki (加藤 成亮) and Tegoshi Yuya (手越 祐也). The group’s name is based on an acronym for the cardinal directions (North, East, West, South). Originally a 9-membered band, two members were suspended for underage drinking and one left. The first promotional single to be released was NEWS Nippon (NEWS ニッポン). This song was used as the theme song for the World Cup of Volleyball Championships. Their debut single, Kibou: Yell, made it very high on the Oricon charts. They later released two singles, Burning Red Sun (紅く燃ゆる太陽) and Cherish (チェリッシュ), both topping the Oricon charts. NEWS’s first album, Touch, sold 164,016 copies in its first week.

Download Cherish by NEWS

Kanjani8 is a 7-membered group hailing from the Kansai region of Japan. Their genre is a mix between pop, rock and enka.  Apart from performing music, Kanjani8 also takes part in Read the rest of this entry »